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Quick and Easy Transcripts!

Quick and Easy Transcripts!
I hate business bookkeeping!  I put it off and put it off, but I just can't make it go away!  Transcripts are a pain too, but there is a less painful way to do the frustrating work yourself.In 1-2 hours I can help you figure out exactly what to write on your transcript.  We can do it easily on the phone.  All it takes is your brain, my brain, and any records or used curriculum you...
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Guest — Lee
Hi Siri, I'm always willing to provide support and encouragement, whether it's about transcripts or anything else. My consulting... Read More
Friday, 11 July 2008 06:40
Guest — Siri Betcher
Just a helpful suggestion, you may want to offer the "middle of the road". Do the $120 version and let the parent email you a roug... Read More
Thursday, 10 July 2008 17:32
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How to Tell if a Foreign Language Course is High School Level

The simplest way to tell whether a foreign language curriculum is high school level is if the curriculum provider TELLS you that it's high school level!Take a look at the Rock Solid website, When you do a search, you can see MANY high school level choices for foreign language.Here is a foreign language program available from Sonlight Curriculum.Notice how it says in one paragraph:  "Rosetta Stone customers tell us the program is equivalent to two years...
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To Call or To Write?

To Call or To Write?
I know you're out there ...You, the one who has been trying to decide whether to call or write me about a question that has been eating you up. Let me make it easy for you. Join my Gold Care Club! Members get access to everything they need to homeschool high school, PLUS weekly consultations with me! When we talk on the phone you can ask and I can explain as we go, so issues get resolved...
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College at Home Options

College at Home Options
View this quick video on the process.Here are the books I recommend on the subject:* "Accelerated Distance Learning" by Homeschool Graduate Brad Voeller.* or Bears Guide To Earning College Degrees Nontraditionally by BearHere's how it works: You pick and choose from online classes across the nation. All the work is done at home.  All the results from those different online experiences are all sent to one distant location, to a real university.  If you choose to...
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You are the Decider!

You are the Decider!
Being an expert on something is a funny thing.  People look to me for brilliant advice on situations that just a couple of years ago would have brought me to tears.  Perhaps having a bit of distance between then and now has given me some better perspective.  One thing to remember, though.  There is one thing that you are absolutely the world's top expert in...YOUR CHILD!  You are the parent, you love your child, and you...
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Never, Ever, Ever, Ever Give Up!

Never, Ever, Ever, Ever Give Up!
"Be brave, Little Piglet!" (from Winnie the Pooh, by the way.)  You don't have to second guess yourself.  If your child is ahead in some areas, and on grade level or slightly behind in other areas - what more could you ask for?  It's working and you are doing great!  Just stand firm, and don't panic.   You may be experiencing a moment of normal homeschooling-high-school-panic.  It will pass.  Keep the big-picture in mind.  Homeschooling your children...
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Guest — Cari
Thank you Lee~ That is much appreciated advice.
Wednesday, 02 July 2008 18:17
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Some Foreign Language Strategies

Some Foreign Language Strategies
We used Power Glide and loved it.  Rosetta Stone is often available through the library system (i.e., free.)  Foreign languages are available at co-ops.  Some people wait until Running Start or dual enrollment in community college, and take foreign language there.  It only takes 2 college quarters or semesters to meet the requirements for foreign language if you do it that way.What are some of your favorite foreign language strategies?
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Guest — Katherine
Thank you! Great advice!
Sunday, 20 July 2008 02:14
Guest — Lee
Rosetta isn't perfect any more than any other curriculum. It probably depends on learning styles more than anything. But it IS p... Read More
Thursday, 10 July 2008 06:50
Guest — J W
Hello, Katherine! One strategy with Rosetta Stone that works well is to do the lesson in English first. Yes, this means buying R... Read More
Wednesday, 09 July 2008 19:24
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Write it Down!

Write it Down!
I've had questions from parents on whether their high school age kids who are doing remedial work in a subject should get credit for it on their transcript.  Remember: kids in public school get things put on their transcript when they are in high school, whether it's above or below grade level.  Don't put your own kids at a disadvantage because they aren't at grade level in every subject.Write it down!
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Off the Beaten (Down) Track

Off the Beaten (Down) Track
Moms are often their own worst enemy.  When my eldest was in public school, he didn't stay on track, didn't finish his textbooks in the year, goofed off much of the day - and other kids didn't turn in their homework or finish the reading, yet nobody cared. (Gifted program, Top Washington State school district, 4th grade.)  If you find yourself struggling with staying on track in your homeschool, remember that even the best public school...
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Guest — J W
OH - the last bubble burst. I've sometimes wailed, "If the kids were in public school, they'd learn to do their work without wast... Read More
Tuesday, 01 July 2008 14:03
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"Hands-on" American Government

"Hands-on" American Government
Instead of using a book, you can search for experiences that will teach your homeschoolers concepts in Civics and American Government.  Some great experiences include: YMCA Youth and Government TeenPact (Similar, but with a Christian perspective) Being a Page at the State Capitol Working for an election campaignYouth and Government, and Teen Pact, are groups that have teens "take over the state capitol" to learn how government operates.  The kids become senators, legislators, governor, lobbyist, etc.,...
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A Good Time to be an Engineer!

A Good Time to be an Engineer!
If your child is interested in engineering, then I have great news for you.  Engineering has fabulous scholarships right now!  There are MANY colleges that offer great engineering scholarships, that aren't related to other merit scholarships based on the SAT, and they aren't related to need-based scholarships based on your income.  These engineering scholarship are ON TOP OF the others.One reason is the additional attention that recent disasters have brought on the subject of infrastructure.  Most...
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Guest — Linda
One of my sons is very interested in engineering. How do we find these scholarships? Would love to hear more!
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 20:17
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Hi Linda! Lee has a YouTube video about getting scholarships: Teachable Moments: Getting the BIG Scholarships The most helpful r... Read More
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 20:42
Guest — Amy
Great point! My husband is an engineer and his lifelong dream is for both of his children to follow in his footsteps. (Although, ... Read More
Sunday, 29 June 2008 14:02
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Learn a Little Latin?

Learn a Little Latin?
True Confession:  I taught Latin for three years and never really learned it.  Now that it has been a couple of years since I've looked at it, Latin is once again a "dead language" to me!  I was able to teach it because I followed the easy instructions in the book.  I didn't know Latin in advance at all (just Latin roots, from my nursing background.)  You don't have to know a foreign language to teach...
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Guest — Christy
Oh that's a good idea. We are going to start Latin Road next year. Thanks for the heads-up on the amount of time it takes. I'll fi... Read More
Thursday, 26 June 2008 04:53
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The SAT Essay - Quick, Write Faster!

The SAT Essay - Quick, Write Faster!
The following article in the NY times confirms what we were told and what we experienced when our kids took the SAT.  It isn't the facts or the accuracy of the essay that your student will write that matters; it is the length,SAT Essay Rewards Length and Ignores ErrorsYou can use this knowledge to your advantage when you prepare your students for the SAT.  Practice your handwriting.  Do it frequently and work on speed and legibility. ...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Kimm, Yes, I did answer, but I forgot to include the backward link to direct this blog post to the answer. Sorry! It's a t... Read More
Wednesday, 28 October 2009 07:10
Guest — Kimm
Lee, have you responded to Robin's question? I'd like to know as well.
Wednesday, 28 October 2009 07:03
Guest — Lee
Dear Robin, I got your questions while I was on vacation, so I haven't been able to answer until now. I will blog post on your qu... Read More
Monday, 07 July 2008 09:59
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The Downside of Wide Screen TVs

The Downside of Wide Screen TVs
When parents are REALLY anxious about high school, my favorite thing to do is get together.  It takes about three hours talking them "down from the ledge" and explain all the high school issues in one fun coffee klatch.  When I started getting calls from around the country, I took a huge step of faith, and recorded myself giving my 3 hour presentation.  That's how we ended up with the DVD "Preparing to Homeschool High School." ...
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I'm Just Sayin'

I'm Just Sayin'
I saw an advertisement for Laurel Springs.  It says their "One to one student/teacher interaction.... give your child an education comparable to the best private schools" and "You can enroll... to receive curriculum and teacher service."I know that it's the season for homeschool conventions, and you will be FLOODED with homeschool advertisements.  I just want to point out that with independent homeschooling you ALSO have a one to one student-teacher interaction.  And perhaps we don't want...
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Guest — J W
Accreditation, shmacreditation... Humph. As if the rest of us are inferior. Pfff! Preach it, sister!... Read More
Monday, 23 June 2008 10:45
Guest — Lee Binz
Christy, I've noticed that it's HIGH SCHOOLS that talk about accreditation all the time. Most colleges don't seem to bother with a... Read More
Sunday, 22 June 2008 17:16
Guest — Christy
Keep shoutin' it from the rooftops! I think as long as parents are seeking out "accreditation" and "certification" the critics are... Read More
Sunday, 22 June 2008 10:30
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